UK alt-rock/alt-metallers OF ALLIES announce new EP

Thursday 12th March, 2015

Yorkshire rockers OF ALLIES are back with their second release, the barnstorming and chest-thumping Fragments EP, due for release May 11 2015.

Have a tease of the band's new sounds:

Following on from the band’s critically acclaimed debut EP, Tempers, Fragments is yet another step-up in the lightning career of this very promising band, who formed a little over two years ago.

In an electrifying 5-song collection, Of Allies prove the attention they deserve. A darker, faster, louder release than its predecessor, Fragments is a swaggering and anthemic record (wait for the riff within track two, ONE19, or the chorus of track four, Tempers) which goes far beyond its relatively brief running time. Although taking inspiration from both sides of the Atlantic, as much Deaf Havana as Deftones, Fragments has an undeniably British stamp, a thick, multi-layered sound that is fast becoming this band’s trademark.

Of Allies have already caught the eyes and ears of the British press, including Kerrang and Marshall Amps, as well as radio play on Huw Stephens’ Radio 1 show and BBC Introducing. With a late Spring tour in the pipeline as well as new material being written, the sky's the limit for Of Allies.

For more information:

Of Allies Facebook
Of Allies Twitter
Of Allies website

Fragments tracklisting:

1. Fragments
2. ONE19
3. Old Bones
4. Tempers
5. Call It Home

NEKROGOBLIKON return with Heavy Meta on June 1 and stream new song 'Full Body Xplosion'

Wednesday 11th March, 2015

NEKROGOBLIKON, the Los Angeles-based band who describe their music as “goblin metal” and became internet sensations with their day-in the-life-of-a-goblin video for No One Survives, return with new album, Heavy Meta on June 1 in UK/Europe. A new song from the album, Full Body Xplosion, can be heard here:

"A thousand years ago, we began writing an album," explained Nekrogoblikon singer, Scorpion. “Then we spent 998.5 years dicking around in the cave networks of rural Kentucky. After we were all spelunked out we decided we might as well finish the album. The album is Heavy Meta."

The 10-song album arrives via the multimedia outfit’s new label, Mystery Box, which is distributed by Razor & Tie. Mystery Box will serve not only as the band’s label but also as a freestanding production company headquartered in downtown Los Angeles.

"We're excited to finally announce the launch of Mystery Box, which will not only serve as a label for Nekrogoblikon and other musical acts, but also as a creative hub for artists and projects outside of the music realm. It's going to be a lot of fun,” said guitar player Alex “Goldberg” Alereza.

Heavy Meta cover, illustration by Aleksander Vujovic.

Alt-rockers dirt confirm debut headline tour dates as they announce 'Mirrors Hometown Tour' for April 2015

Tuesday 10th March, 2015

After a highly successful appearance at Takedown Festival last weekend - and their third live show as a band with Rock Sound commenting that "their set on the Big Deal Clothing stage had everyone talking" - alt-rock quintet have announced the Mirrors Hometown Tour for April, their debut headline run which takes them to each band member's hometown.

Drummer Perry Sinclair says:

"We're so excited to bring dirt back home. After what feels like forever building the band for release, we're so excited to show dirt to the cities we grew up in and share with each other a bit of our personal histories."

The shows follow dirt's rotating headline tour between the 19th-22nd March with Pavilions, Adelphia and Breathe In The Silence.

Full live dates are as follows:

Thu 19th March – The Lomax, Liverpool
Fri 20th March – The Bodega, Nottingham
Sat 21st March – Metric Bar, London (headline)
Sun 22nd March – The Scene, Swansea
Fri 27th March – Underworld, London (w/ Fell Out Boy)
Fri 17th April - The Krazyhouse, Liverpool 18+ (headline)
Sat 18th April - The Asylum, Birmingham 14+ (headline)
Sun 19th April - Chinnery's, Southend 14+ (headline)
Tue 21st April - The Hope & Ruin, Brighton 18+ (headline)
Sat 30th May – Camden Rocks Festival

Tickets for the headline shows are available from the band's webstore

dirt released their debut EP Mirrors in January, available to puchase via iTunes

Check out the band’s video for their lead single Bonds below:

The quintet are also thrilled to announce that their new single Insomnia will be released in mid-April prior to the tour, stay tuned!

dirt are:
Alistair Keenan – Vocals
Perry Sinclair – Drums
Nikhil Aggarwal – Guitar
Dan Kidney – Guitar
Abdul Hasaballa – Bass

For further information:

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dirt website

ACODA reveal video for 'Whispers Like Roars' and launch pre-orders for forthcoming album 'Truth Seeker'

Wednesday 4th March, 2015

Alt-metal/rock quartet ACODA have revealed the official video for Whispers Like Roars, the lead single and first taste of their forthcoming album Truth Seeker.

Truth Seeker, which is set for release on the 30th March via Best Before Records, is beaming with giant hooks and bold choruses that showcase the growth and strength of a band who have been toughened by a cut-throat industry.

Pre-orders of the album are now available here

Having faced trials and tribulations in the past ACODA have taken matters into their own hands by recording and producing Truth Seeker themselves, with the guiding hand of Russ Russell at both Parlour Studios and Red Shed; this is the quartet in their truest form.

They may already have a successful career on their shoulders having appeared on past line-ups at Download Festival, Sonisphere, T In The Park and Hevy Fest, as well as touring with Hawthorne Heights and sharing stages with Funeral For A Friend, Marmozets, Arcane Roots and Devil Sold His Soul - but for ACODA, this is just the beginning.

For more information:

ACODA Facebook
ACODA Twitter
ACODA website

Best Before Records Facebook
Best Before Records website

Sludge Metallers HOGSLAYER announce second album and UK tour

Wednesday 4th March, 2015

Sludge metal outfit HOGSLAYER are set to release their second album Defacer via cult label Undergroove Records on May 4th 2015.

The follow up to 2013's self titled release, Defacer showcases 8 tracks of evocative misery, infused with throat-stripping vocals that churn over sludgey, low slung grooves and hulking riffs. Hogslayer's second album promises big and delivers bigger.

Formed in 2012, the year the world ended, Hogslayer rose from the ashes of Shaped By Fate and Zonderhoof, dragging with them their dank, squalid musical output.

For a taster of the band's sound, watch the video for the track Despiser:

Says Hogslayer bassist Grym av Skugga:

"Defacer is the result of us heading in a heavier and darker direction. We've made the decision to incorporate two bassists rather than two guitarists and taken a stripped down approach to the writing process, leaving a bleak and abysmal dissonance in its place. It’s our take on doom-ridden sludge and we’re looking forward to people hearing it.”

Having previously slaughtered the stage at Bloodstock Festival, the band are now set to tour the UK throughout March and April with more dates and festival appearances being added throughout the summer. Confirmed dates are as follows:

Mar 25 Kraak, Manchester, UK
Mar 26 Downstairs, Aberdeen, UK
Mar 27 Cerberus Bar, Dundee, UK
Mar 28 Gorilla Studios, Hull, UK
Mar 29 The Moon, Cardiff, UK
Apr 05 The Moon, Cardiff, UK
Apr 11 Hollowfest Doom All-Dayer, Bristol, UK
May 02 Red Sun Festival, Cardiff, UK
Aug 20 The Wheatsheaf, Oxford, UK

Keep up to date with tour info here.

Hogslayer's album Defacer is set for worldwide release through Undergroove Records on May 4th, 2015.

Hogslayer is:

Lord Bastard – Throat
Barren Drakk – Guitar
Grym Av Skugga – Bass
Damek Ômsk - Bass

Max Von Beek – Drums

For more information:

Hogslayer Facebook
Hogslayer Twitter
Hogslayer website


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